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MAR 18, 2023 (5:05 PM)
Former Leafs goaltender's reputation takes a huge hit after he refuses to take part in special event
BY BEN HODGSON
Honestly, this is pretty disappointing. I love James Reimer. He was great in the blue and white and was always a genuinely nice person. That's not to say that he isn't now, but his refusal to participate in Pride festivities has definitely hurt the public's opinion of him.
The truth is that it's absolutely his right to refuse based on his religion. Having said that, I have a hard time believing that a religion based around an almighty God who not only loves us all, but created us all, would have a problem with the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Unfortunately that's a debate for another time.
Make no mistake, Pride festivities in the NHL are there to grow the sport. It's an attempt to reach out to a marginalized community of people and let them know that they are welcome here. I see nothing but good things coming from these nights. That's part of why I have a problem with players not participating. More fans means more money, more money means higher salaries for players. By refusing to participate tonight, Reimer is not only hurting the LGBTQIA2S+ community, but hockey as a whole. Quite frankly, it's disappointing.
SHOULD REIMER BE ALLOWED TO PLAY IN TONIGHT'S GAME AFTER SKIPPING WARMUPS?
MARCH 18 1979 ANSWERS
|NO, HE MISSED A TEAM ACTIVITY||356||18 %|
|YES, WHO CARES?||1412||71.3 %|
|HE SHOULD HAVE WORN HIS REGULAR JERSEY||211||10.7 %|
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